“Innovation,” Plain and Simple

"Innovation," Plain and Simple The word "Innovation" has earned the dubious distinction of  being one of the most overused and misunderstood concepts in business. Today's tumultuous economic climate has sent companies across the globe scrambling to decipher the secrets of Innovation and to find ways to quickly download it throughout their organizations. Innovation fever is everywhere. In the corporate gold rush to innovate, it appears that few, if anyone (including no doubt the vast majority of CEOs and senior managers) are pausing long enough to comprehend what the word "Innovation" actually means? A common misperception is that it simply refers to the process of turning a new idea into a successful commercial outcome.…

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Is Innovation the Opposite of Fear?

Is Innovation the Opposite of Fear? The response many organizations have to the current economic environment is one based on fear -- fear of annihilation. And it's not an unreasonable view. Just look around. However, history and nature teach us that fear in the face of adversity is weakness, a severe disadvantage that eventually takes one down its own path of destruction. To anyone able to maintain a clear perspective in the current maelstrom, it's glaringly obvious that cutting staff, resources, capabilities, training, services -- vision -- can only result in cutting something else that is crucially important. Present and future success.…

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Creativity…an act of constructing or revealing?


Creativity...an act of constructing or revealing? Michelangelo said that every piece of stone held within it a great work if art. The artist's job is simply removing the excess stone to reveal it. Is creativity a constructive process, putting pieces together until something new and innovative appears? Or is it more a matter of uncovering that which already exists? True innovation is probably some combination of the two. Adding what's lacking - and removing whatever stands in the way. I look forward to any comments you might have. If they get in the way, we'll remove them. 🙂…

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Welcome!

Welcome! We're really excited about launching our blog. Innovative thinking is what this blog is all about. And in particular, how to do it more effectively, more efficiently and more enjoyably. We're going to be sharing regular insights, experience and tips and techniques to help you and your organization generate more, better ideas then ever before. In today's challenging environment, businesses need a constant supply of fresh, innovative ideas. We call this the "Innovation Imperative," and we'll refer to it often on these pages. Workforces are overtaxed and frustrated due to constant pressure to think "outside the box," to work more efficiently, to raise performance levels and to maximize productivity-often under the stress of tight deadlines and limited resources.…

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